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Robert Galbraith, CAREER OF EVIL

Just in case you have been living a reclusive existence, Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym for J.K. Rawling, and this is the third book in her Cormoran Strike crime fiction series for adults. In this book Strike’s partner, Robin Ellacott, receives a woman’s severed leg in the mail. Seeing this as a threat against himself, Strike can think of four people from his past as a military policeman who might have it in for him.  The race is now on to find out which one of them it is before further action is taken against Robin.

The characters in this book are well developed and the plot is clever, if a bit convoluted. Some might feel the book would have benefited from some editorial tightening; others might not agree.  Although the ending is appropriately exciting, some might find Strike’s failure to recognize his nemesis as somewhat unbelievable.  But overall it is an exciting read with both personal drama and mystery.

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